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Catalog Number 2016.015.002.12
Description Cam-Hi Safety Cap, 1973. Hard hat issued to Jim Thompson while working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project for the Raychem Corporation in 1975. The hard hat has a blue molded plastic outer shell with a visor that is 2.25" wide. The sides and back of the brim are upturned approximately 0.5" for catching water and taper as the sides meet the visor in front. A small tab with a hole is molded on the right and left side of the shell for attaching strings to secure the hard hat in place on one's head. A rectangular 1.25" x 4" sticker with "Raychem" in black font on a gray background is adhered on the right and left side of the shell. The left side also has an oval sticker with red and black text on a clear background that reads, "Raychem / PIPE PROTECTION / DIVISION." "Raychem" is printed in red and "Pipe Projection Division" is printed in black. On the front of the shell, "Jim" and "Thompson" are printed in black on two clear rectangular adhesive labels. An embossed vinyl adhesive label with "THOMPSON" in white font on a black background is adhered on the back center of the shell under a red and green sticker that reads, "RAYCHEM / SAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT / MINE SPLICE KITS AND CABLE REPAIR SLEEVES." The hat has an adjustable four point suspension made with plastic, cloth, and leather. The suspension protects the head so it is not in direct contact with the plastic shell. Leather is sewn over the front half of the headband, and the band has pinlock adjustment at the back. A brown cord can be tightened or loosened to adjust the tension of the suspension crown straps. A teletemp temperature sensing label is adhered on the interior of the shell on the left side, and a white sticker with specification information is adhered on the interior at the back. "Cam-Hi Safety Cap / CH-69-C / MADE IN U.S.A." is molded into the underside of the visor above a manufacturing date code of 1973 with unknown day and month markings.

This hard hat was used by Jim Thompson during his work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction project in 1975. Thompson notes that the project was defined as "hard hat" meaning one was worn at all times on the construction site. Hard hat color was used to define different types of workers, and the blue was unique to Raychem. Temperature sensing labels, such as the one on the interior of the hat, were used by quality control engineers like Thompson for quick and dirty readings while testing pipe temperatures. After his time working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Thompson used this hat again for other Raychem projects. The rectangular Raychem stickers were original to the hat when issued, but others were later additions such as the Raychem Pipe Protection sticker that was added after the division was formed in 1977.
Object Name Hat, Hard
Collection 3D - Personal Objects
Title Cam-Hi Safety Cap, 1973
Date 1973
Creator Cam-Hi Safety, Inc.
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text Exterior of plastic shell: "Raychem" (matching adhesive stickers on right and left); "Raychem / PIPE PROTECTION / DIVISION" (oval sticker with red and black text on a clear background attached to left side); "Jim" and "Thompson" (printed in black on two clear rectangular adhesive labels attached to front); "THOMPSON" (embossed white text on black vinyl attached to back); "RAYCHEM / SAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT / MINE SPLICE KITS AND CABLE REPAIR SLEEVES" (green and red oval sticker with straight sides attached to back)
Interior of plastic shell: "telatemp TEMPERATURE RECORDER / MODEL 110 / telatemp / Fullerton, Calif." (rectangular sticker with black text on red background attached to left side); "This protective helmet meets O.S.H.A. / requirements A.N.S.I.-Z. 89-1-1969 / class A standards and A.N.S.I.-Z. 89-2- / 1971 class B standards also class C stand- / ards. E.E.I. specifications A.P.I. 1969 / also meets and exceeds requirements for / GGG-H-00142F, Washington, D. C. Ap- / provals D.C.I.S. 511-1 also U.S. FED. / GOV. Naval Eng. Specifications 4123/ / GGG-H-142 and Fed. specification GGG- / H-142G N.Y. State B.S.A. Approval / #6287." (rectangular sticker with black text on a white background attached to back); "Cam-Hi Safety Cap / CH-69-C / MADE IN U.S.A." (molded into underside of visor above circular time stamp with "73" at center)
Provenance This hard hat was used by Jim Thompson during his work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction project in 1975.
Dimensions H-6 W-8.5 D-12 inches
Dimension Details Band size: 7.625"
Search Terms Construction
Hat
Helmet
Raychem Corporation
Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Uniforms
Subjects Hats
Helmets
Industry
Pipelines
Uniforms
People Thompson, James C. (Jim)